There are at least 200 Eremophila
(or Emu Bush) species. Eremophila denticulata is known as the
Fitzgerald Eremophila. This name refers to the area, in southwest Western
Australia, where this rare species occurs.
Eremophila denticulata grows into a shrub reaching a height of 1.5
metres. The leaves are slightly sticky to the touch, lance-like in shape with
distinctive small teeth around the margins. The tubular flowers are initially
yellow but mature to red. The image shows a specimen with mature flowers. The
main flowering period is between September and March. Sporadic flowering will
occur at other times. The nectar-rich flowers are carried on characteristic
“S” shaped pedicels or flower stalks.
Apparently this Emu Bush is so rare that it is classified as a vulnerable
native plant at risk of extinction. Fortunately Eremophila denticulata is
one of the easiest Emu Bushes to propagate from cuttings.
It is safe to say that there are more specimens in cultivation than ever grew
in the wild.
Pruning keeps the plants bushy and blooming bounteously.